Finally the main part of the shoot of our new film is over. It was sheer hell, but it's done now. We've got a few days of shooting to do here and there, but that's (A) the main part over, and (B) the part that means our flat gets wrecked is over.
I wish i could shoot everything on DV! so much less hassle, but NO! we needed to have a 16mm camera, dolly track, daft amounts of lighting, audio equipment, all sorts. I KNOW the film will look and sound fantastic, far better than DV could've made it look, but jesus, the upheaval!
Every day if we were filming outside the flat, we had to cart all the equipment out of the flat, into the van (and cars), drive to the location, empty the van, set all the equipment up for the first shot, film, set up for the second shot etc etc, then pack everything back into flight cases, back into the van, back home, back up to the second floor, into the flat... repeat each day. Even when we WERE Filming entirely in the flat, the flat's 3 bedrooms, and not small by any means, but there was so much equipment, and we were filming in every room, so we had to swap stuff from room to room, to free up the room we were filming in. And that's NOT counting the stuff that was on the landing for a week.
I can't WAIT until we can afford to build sets. It'll be heaven. Really. Especially instead of the two nights we spend in a cemetary. When you're at the mercy of the weather (which was actually pretty decent) and worse, the sun. And a pernickety director. And a fussy DP. And a generator that works when it wants to, plunging you into darkness randomly.
Locations cancelling on you at the last minute, equipment not working, running out of film, ISN'T FILM MAKING FUN?!
Hehe. We had a blast though, and after we do these few days here and there, and the film gets developed and whatever the hell else needs done, and we edit it, and mix the sound, and get a print back, and... etc... It'll be great and we can start touring festivals etc. Then, we shall be kings!